GSLLS workshop helps vegie farmers with irrigation technology

Great Sydney Local Land Services senior irrigation officer Matthew Plunkett checks the efficiency of an irrigation system ahead of the Richmond workshop.

Great Sydney Local Land Services senior irrigation officer Matthew Plunkett checks the efficiency of an irrigation system ahead of the Richmond workshop.

THE latest tricks and tools of the trade in irrigation were showcased to vegie growers at a workshop in Richmond last week.

Run by Greater Sydney Local Land Services as part of Horticulture Innovation Australia’s VegNet project, the workshop on May 12 looked at the effectiveness of different sprinkler packages, the latest irrigation technology and simple soil moisture monitoring tools and techniques.

“It also gave attendees the chance to view our new lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower and spinach variety trials,” GSLLS senior irrigation officer Matthew Plunkett said.

“We have been monitoring our water usage and experimenting with different irrigation techniques in the trial crops in order to help growers be more efficient with their own water usage, and ultimately show how to produce better crop yields while reducing input costs.

“Our aim through VegNet is to help growers apply new research to boost productivity.” For more email veg.network@lls.nsw.gov.au.

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